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Area High Schools Participate in Paint the Plow

Fort Jennings design chosen as the overall winner

LIMA (Tuesday, May 20, 2014) An entry from Fort Jennings High School in Putnam County was chosen as the winner of the first Paint the Plow contest sponsored by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1.

The winner was chosen by the district’s administrative staff and announced today during the district’s annual truck and loader roadeo held in Lima.

Paint the Plow is a community outreach program between ODOT District 1 and area high schools and career-technical schools within the district’s eight-county region of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot counties.

Participants in the contest received a clean, black snow plow blade to paint their original design on. While there was no theme for the contest, students were encouraged to create designs based on the seasons, safety, patriotism, the state of Ohio and school spirit.

A total of 21 entries from six participating counties were received. The ODOT employees in each of the six counties selected one design to compete as the overall winner.

Within District 1, the following schools participated:

Allen County

Bath High School
Bluffton High School
Lima Central Catholic
Perry High School

Putnam County

Columbus Grove High School
Continental High School
Fort Jennings High School
Miller City-New Cleveland High School
Pandora Gilboa High School

Defiance County

Defiance High School
Hicksville High School
Four County Career Center

Van Wert County

Lincolnview High School
Vantage Career Center
Delphos Jefferson High School

Paulding County

PARC Lane/PC Workshop, Inc.
Antwerp High School
Paulding High School
Wayne Trace High School

Wyandot County

Upper Sandusky High School
Angeline Industries-Art Connection Studios

In addition to Fort Jennings, the designs selected as finalists were submissions from Bluffton High School, Four County Career Center, Paulding High School, Vantage Career Center and Angeline Industries-Art Connection Studios.

Submitted designs in this year’s contest covered topics such as winter weather, frostbite awareness, school spirit, Ohio, modern updates to classic paintings and messages of support for other students.

The Fort Jennings design featured a warning about frostbite because a family member of a participating member of the Fort Jennings team suffered from frostbite this past winter

“It was really exciting to have the level of response from area schools that we had in the first year of the Paint the Plow contest. The work and creative energy put into these plow blades is very obvious and we appreciate each of the students that participated in the contest,” said Kirk Slusher, ODOT District 1 deputy director.

All of the plow designs submitted will be on display at the ODOT county maintenance garage in which each school resides. The designs may also be featured on ODOT trucks in parades and festivals within the counties they originated in, and be displayed at area fairs.

The winning entry from Fort Jennings is currently featured as the banner on ODOT District 1’s Facebook page and in the Paint the Plow 2014 photo album on the site. Photos of all submitted designs can be viewed at the site as well:


Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.




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Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
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